Fancy Fall | November 2023 curdbox

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As summer's warmth gracefully gives way to the cool embrace of autumn, a sense of sophistication and elegance permeates the air, while nature orchestrates its breathtaking transformation as it ushers in the enchanting season of fall. Slowly becoming a masterpiece painted with the rich colors of burgundy, deep gold, and velvety brown- the crisp air and symphony of rustling leaves, carry the promise of grand adventures, comforting foods, and nights by the fireplace. Fall, a season of refined tastes and indulgent experiences, offers us its own special tapestry of elegance and charm. So, join us on a journey through the alluring world of a fancy fall, where every detail is a testament to the artistry of the season- as we take a look at what’s in this month's box.

Urepel by Mitica

Urepel, a sheep's milk cheese from Mitica, stands out as a distinguished offering in the world of artisanal cheeses. Named after the village in the Basque region, this cheese embodies the essence of the local terroir. Crafted with precision and expertise, Urepel boasts a rich and nuanced flavor profile derived from the high-quality sheep's milk sourced from the surrounding pastoral landscapes. The cheese's texture is a testament to the skilled craftsmanship involved, presenting a delightful balance of creaminess and firmness. Its rind, a product of careful aging, contributes to the overall complexity of the cheese, providing a unique sensory experience. Urepel exemplifies the commitment to tradition and the artistry of cheese-making, making it a noteworthy addition to any cheese board.

Urepel by Mitica with the Quince Jam from Dalmatia Spreads

Alisios by Forever Cheese

Alisios, a cheese named after the prevailing winds of Fuerteventura, stands as a testament to the rich dairy heritage of the Canary Islands. A harmonious blend of 70% cow's milk and 30% goat's milk, this Spanish gem showcases a smooth and dense interior, adorned with minimal eyes and infused with toasted notes. The paprika-infused rind imparts unique hints of smoke, while the subtle zing from the goat's milk contributes to the overall creamy and tangy character of this remarkable cheese. Its vibrant red-orange exterior, not only catches the eye but also delivers a delightful spicy-sweet undertone, making Alisios a truly captivating culinary experience that transports your taste buds to the windswept landscapes of the Spanish islands.


Alisios by Forever Cheese and the Peruvian Pepper Jam by Divina

Pecorino Camomilla by Forever Cheese

Pecorino Camomilla, a cheese steeped in tradition and crafted with heartfelt dedication for Forever Cheese by Paolo Farabegoli- embodies the spirit of Fall. Inspired by the idyllic landscapes of Italy's Emilio Romagna region, where sheep graze on lush pastures amidst chamomile fields- Paolo's vision reflects the cherished cheese-making rituals of his grandmother. She meticulously aged her cheese in wooden crates filled with fragrant chamomile, undergoing a careful preservation process. This method not only maintained the cheese's delicate softness but imparted a delightful floral aroma. This award-winning creation crafted from the milk of Comisana, Lacaune, and Sarda sheep- carries subtle notes of herbal sweetness and a crisp, invigorating scent reminiscent of freshly cut apples- taking you on an autumn journey through time and tradition.

 The Pecorino Camomilla from Forever Cheese and the Highlands Oatcakes by Walkers

And here are the pairings that go along with these amazing cheeses…

Highland Oatcaker by Walkers 

Highland Oatcakes from Walkers Shortbread exemplify the brand's commitment to traditional craftsmanship and quality. These oatcakes are a testament to Walkers' heritage, drawing inspiration from the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. The careful selection of wholesome oats and other premium ingredients results in a product that captures the essence of authentic flavor. Embodying the rich culinary traditions that have been cherished for generations- the distinct texture and taste of these oatcakes make them a versatile companion to a variety of accompaniments, offering a true taste of Scotland in every bite.

Quince Spread by Dalmatia

Dalmatia, Croatia, holds a deep cultural affinity for the quince fruit, ingrained in the region's history for generations. In the past, quinces were cherished for their ability to release a fragrant symphony of apple, pear, vanilla, and citrus when stored in closets, filling homes with a subtle and pleasing aroma. Beyond its sensory allure, the quince boasts a transformative quality, turning a captivating rosy-pink hue when cooked. This fruit, steeped in symbolic significance for love and luck, occupies a special place in the heart of Dalmatia's cultural tapestry. The commitment of the producers is rooted in a profound love for the land and its people, with a focus on the unique coastal region of Croatia renowned for its Mediterranean bounty and natural beauty. 

Peruvian Pepper Jam by Divina

And finally-

Crafted with precision, the Peruvian Pepper Jam from Divina offers a unique blend of sweet piquillo and spicy Limo peppers, creating a dynamic flavor profile that tantalizes the palate. The peppers, chosen from over 300 varieties in Peru, infuse the jam with a gentle heat, beautifully offset by the sweetness of piquillo peppers and a hint of tart lime juice. The result is a vibrant, versatile condiment that effortlessly elevates a range of culinary creations. This sweet, spicy, and savory spread captivates with its bold, smoky notes-leaving a tasty impression on your taste buds.


And with that- we wrap up this month’s box. So, as you meet the changes that this season brings- remember to take note of all the fancy things. We’ll see you next month.


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